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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
DATE: May 26, 2010
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Laura Weit-Marcum, 603 271-8811

DES Releases "A Shoreland Homeowner’s Guide to Stormwater Management"

Concord, NH – The New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services has released a new document to assist landowners entitled A Shoreland Homeowner’s Guide to Stormwater Management. If you are a shoreland homeowner, your property may produce stormwater runoff that directly impacts the quality of our waters. The A Shoreland Homeowner’s Guide to Stormwater Management provides several simple and cost effective practices shoreland homeowners can use to reduce and prevent polluted stormwater runoff from roofs, patios, lawns and driveways. These practices can be used to meet the provisions of the Comprehensive Shoreland Protection Act (CSPA), which helps protect the state's surface waters by placing limits on development that contribute to stormwater runoff. The guide also includes general information about what state environmental permits, if any, are necessary for incorporating these practices.

The guide consists of an introductory document and nine guidance sheets for the installation of: dripline trenches, drywells, new infiltration steps, retrofit infiltration steps, infiltration trenches, paths and walkways, rain barrels, rain gardens and water bars. A copy of the guide can be found online at http://des.nh.gov/organization/commissioner/pip/publications/wd/documents/nhdes-wd-10-8.pdf.

The guide was prepared by the DES Shoreland Protection Program and the DES Lakes Management and Protection Program in partnership with the Upper Valley Lake Sunapee Regional Planning Commission. Funding for the guide was provided by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act under Section 604(b) of the Clean Water Act. The guidance sheets contained in the guide were provided by the Maine Department of Environmental Protection.

For more information on A Shoreland Homeowner’s Guide to Stormwater Management, please contact Laura Weit-Marcum at 603 271-8811.

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